Maybe This Act, This Work, This Thing
Joachim Koester | Denmark, Belgium, UK
Two Vaudeville actresses work on a new play on a dark stage. Spurred by the cinematic apparatus – the cinema, the projector, movement, sound – the two dancers try to transform themselves through gestures into the rotating gear of a projector, spinning reels and quivering electricity. The two women whisper, dance, stamp and wind around the axes of their own bodies in their interpretation of cinematic mechanics. Joachim Koester’s enigmatic and dialogue-free work for two dancers, a dark stage and a camera conjures up a picture of the cinematic medium as a powerful revolutionary force, a product of the 20th century’s industrialisation of culture, the body and possibly art itself – a force which may be ebbing away, if we take the two dancers’ actions as a sign that the film medium itself is conscious of having to seduce a new audience before it’s too late. A work that is created as an installation and which takes on a whole new meaning by being experienced in the cinema.